Workforce and Economic Empowerment

Empowered through Economic and Workforce Development, this division assists in the eradication of poverty and helps families overcome financial hurdles and obtain financial stability, gain employment and build sustainable careers and provide other services that support success.

Community Health Training Center

Since 1991, the CHTC has worked towards achieving its mission of providing maternal/child health and nutrition-related programmatic and computer based instruction to local and state human service employees to support them in the task of helping their clients achieve maximum self-sufficiency through integrated family oriented services. To date, the CHTC has trained over 20,000 participants with the majority working for agencies that provide direct services in maternal/child health and nutrition programs, juvenile justice and youth services programs, and women's health.

To provide new skills and knowledge to staff, utilizing innovative ways of responding to identified local agency needs, the CHTC provides a blended learning approach by offering both instructor-led and web based instruction. Web based instruction, known as eLearning, uses an interactive approach which provides the user with a learning opportunity in their local agency setting on topics that are program or software related which allows students to progress at their own pace. eLearning courses are available anytime and anywhere utilizing a personal computer and high speed internet connection.

Distance Learning

Distance education brings together students and instructors separated by geographical distance. The CHTC's Distance Learning Program provides staff with the opportunity to participate in training experiences via the Internet within their local agency setting. Over one hundred twenty-broadcasts and training videos have been developed and produced by the CHTC with topics selected by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Community Health & Prevention. Instruction via satellite and webcast has proven to be a cost effective means of reaching a state wide and often nationwide audience. Within that framework, broadcasts provide learning opportunities using lecture, role play and panel discussions. Topics range from "Safety and Sobriety: Real Tools for Working with Women with Multiple Abuse Issues" to "Diabetes and Tobacco: A Harmful Combination."

Community Technology Training Center

Since 2001, the CTTC has focused on workforce and educational development for underprivileged students and adults in order for them to work toward and ultimately achieve their educational and employment goals in today's high-tech world. The CTTC serves as an Illinois WorkNet portal that provides a link for community residents to free online training, resources and workshops that promote workforce training and community empowerment. 

The CTTC Lab is further utilized by many Urban League programs including: the DCFS WASSUP Program, GAP, 21st Century, Youth Build Program, and Freedom School. The League remains dedicated to being part of a larger network of workforce professionals committed to raising the economic standards, health and technology education level of the Springfield community.

Workforce Empowerment Center

Sangamon County Expungement & Record Sealing Summit

For information about this event, click here. (pdf)

Please use the resources below during the Covid crisis.

Free Online Activities (pdf)

Family Resources (pdf)

Empowerment Camp COVID-19 Slide Show (pdf)

Family Fun (pdf)

Finding Money for Your or Their Education (pdf)

Workout Flyer (pdf)

Enjoy your Summer COVID Slide Show (pdf)

Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 364,000 in more than 16,200 clubs in 145 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

To access the "League of Our Own Toastmasters Club information, click here.

Property for Sale

Community Development Corporation (CDC) properties are now officially under the ownership of the Springfield Urban League Inc. The intentions for these properties is to revitalize Springfield neighborhoods. Over the years, many of the properties have been sold to members of the community. One of the properties was purchased and developed into a community garden and several other properties were purchased due to the close proximity to the purchaser's home which increased the value of their homes and square footage of their property.

If you are an interested buyer, please contact Rob Garee at 217-789-0830, ext. 1118 or by email at

To view available properties, click here. (pdf)

  • 100 North Eleventh Street
    Springfield, IL 62703
    Phone: 217-789-0830
    Fax: 217-789-9838